|Early Times Report|
Jammu, Aug 5: While a debate on benefits and losses of abrogation of articles 370 and 35-A has been intensified after completion of the one year, one thing has become clear that demands of Greater Autonomy and Self-Rule have disappeared.
The supporters of these demands are not calling for restoration of statehood to the newly created Union Territory (UT) of J&K.
Virtually abandoning their years’ long politics of black-mailing, now the political parties, especially those pursuing Kashmir centric agenda, have been raising the demand of restoration of statehood. The demand was first raised by
ational Conference Dr Farooq Abdullah and then followe by other political leaders of the Valley centric groups.
‘Politics of black-mailing’ replaced with ‘politics of reconciliation’
Although some second-rung leaders of the PDP have raised the demand of restoring Article 370, no senior leader of the party has so far dared to support this demand openly.
Within one year, pro-separatist demands of Greater Autonomy and Self-Rule have disappeared and parties echoing on restoring statehood to J&K.
As reported Congress has almost forgotten Article 370 because the party has appeared to behave reconciled with the fact that Article was not going to be restored in the erstwhile state of J&K.